Was imran the father of mariam a prophet?
Was imran the father of mariam a prophet? I read on a website about imran being a prophet so I just wanted it clarified.
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Alhamdulillaahi was salaatu was salaamu `alaa Rasoolillaahi wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa man waalaahu, wa ba`d:
We do not know `Imraan, the father of Maryam `Alayhas Salaam as a Nabi.
Allaah has mentioned “The wife of `Imraan”, “The family of `Imraan” and the “Daughter of `Imraan” at different places in the Qur’aan, so his name is mentioned explicitly in the Qur’aan, and had he been a Nabi then Allaah would have listed him amongst the other Ambiyaa `Alayhimus Salaam that are also mentioned by name in the Qur’aan, but the fact that Allaah did not do so is an indication of him not being a Nabi.
The Mufassireen differ on his full name, Imaam Al-Baghawi Rahimahullaah has reported in his Tafseer Ma`aalimut Tanzeel Fee Tafseeril Qur’aan a few of the opinions:
Imaam Muqaatil Rahimahullaah says his name was: `Imraan Ibn Yas’hur. [i]
Imaam Hasan and Imaam Wahb Rahimahumallaah say his name was: `Imraan Ibn Ash’ham. [ii]
While yet others say it was: `Imraan Ibn Maathaan. [iii]
Imaam Al-Baghawi Rahimahullaah says: “The sons of Maathaan were the leaders, scholars and monks of the children of Israel.” [iv]
So what we do know is that he was a pious person, and one of the leaders of Banee Israa’eel, but no one has mentioned him being a Nabi.
And Allaah knows best.
Ubaidullah Ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim.
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Rashid Ahmed Moosagie.
Monday 18th Shawwaal 1434 – 26th August 2013.
[i] فَقَالَ مُقَاتِلٌ: هُوَ عِمْرَانُ بْنُ يَصْهُرَ. – رواه الإمام البغوي رحمه الله في كتابه معالم التنزيل في تفسير القرآن.
[ii]وَقَالَ الْحَسَنُ وَوَهْبٌ: هُوَ عِمْرَانُ بْنُ أَشْهَمَ. – رواه الإمام البغوي رحمه الله في كتابه معالم التنزيل في تفسير القرآن.
[iii]وَقِيلَ: عِمْرَانُ بْنُ مَاثَانَ. – رواه الإمام البغوي رحمه الله في كتابه معالم التنزيل في تفسير القرآن.
[iv]وَكَانَ بنو ماثان رؤوس بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَأَحْبَارَهُمْ وَمُلُوكَهُمْ. – رواه الإمام البغوي رحمه الله في كتابه معالم التنزيل في تفسير القرآن.